Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
I heard that from many pet owners...be it cats or dogs...at first they can´t imagine having a new dog or a new cat....but most end up having a new animal in their house to share their love with it....I think it can help healing
Merry Christmas to All and God bless You
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George I am so sorry for your loss. I am an animal lover and I have a doggie that I am extremely close with. I worry every day about what I'm going to do when her time comes and I cry just thinking about it. I'm crying right now after reading your post and I can't even read the Rainbow Bridge post that Maureen put up because I've seen it and it's just too sad to read. I really feel for you and your family. Animals become a part of our families and it hurts just as much when we lose them. My heart goes out to you and this may sound weird but, I'm actually glad that you are so upset by your friend's passing because it shows that you have a true appreciation for what an animal can bring into your life and that you don't just think of them as replaceable things. You loved your dog with all your heart and he loved you with all of his. That's a nice thing to experience but, it doesn't make it any easier when the day comes that you have to say good bye. Take comfort in the fact that you gave that little guy the best life and remember all that he gave to you and your family as well. I have to go and hug my little sleeping doggie now. Again, I'm sorry for your loss.
"You used up all the glue on purpose!"-A Christmas Story
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Thank you, everyone! It still hurts... a LOT... what I think I miss most are the sounds that just aren't there anymore... my house feels so empty... plus, I walking around thinking I'm forgetting to do something because my routine is all out of whack. 3:30 PM is particularly hard because that was dinner and walk time for Thor. I walked alone yesterday, retracing our usual route and just talking out loud to him... it was kinda healing...
Yesterday, after I shared Maureen's Rainbow Bridge story with my wife, she was talking to her brother on the phone about Thor... it was raining where he was, within ten miles of my house but it wasn't raining here... anyway, in the middle of their conversation, Scott remarked "Wow! That's the brightest rainbow I've ever seen!"
Denise broke down and told him the Rainbow Bridge story and they both agreed that that rainbow was for Thor...
Me? I think, just like I heard his bark when he passed, his way of saying "I love you, Dad, I'll be waiting for you" the rainbow was his way of saying goodbye to "mom" and letting her know he wasn't hurting anymore.
I'm still weepy today, but it's getting better... at first, I said I'd never get another dog because none of them could EVER live up to Thor... but, now I'm thinking that maybe someday...
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Ok I am sitting here finding it hard to type with the tears in my eyes. I am so sorry for you George. Back home in Maryland I had a yellow lab that was my best friend, his name was Max. When I moved here to Texas, I had to leave him behind with my mom and stepfather, I didn't want to, but had no choice. Well he got sick, but at first he seemed like he got over it. But then he got real bad and my mom had to have him put down. She called me when my wife and I were out shopping, and I had to stop and cry right there in the store. My mom sat with him while they did it so he wasn't alone, I still miss him.
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Very sorry to learn about your loss George. As these posts show many of us have been there. We lost Guinivere, our 14 year old hound two years ago. She was a great pal and went with me everywhere. As soon as you feel up to it I suggest you check the pet rescue programs and find another dog. He or she won't replace Thor. Even though we adopted two hounds from a rescue program five months later I still miss Guinivere but these guys are now part of the family and we love having them. You and your family are obviously true dog lovers. So many poor dogs need a good home and you should have a dog in your house.
"Christmas stays if we don't forget its meaning"
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Today, Denise and I took Thor's blankets, beds, bowls, heartworm tabs, 20 lbs. remaining of a forty lb. bag of dry dog food, cuddle ball and toys to Animal Friends (the local rescue shelter that we got Thor from eleven years ago... it cost fifty dollars, including a six week obedience training course... best fifty dollars I ever spent in my life) as sorely needed donations (we washed them first)... when we were there, they let us tour the facility... lots of wonderful looking dogs of various ages there... Denise cried most of the time, I choked up (I think my tear ducts are empty after yesterday)... the pain and loss are still too great only a day after Thor's passing, but the visit showed me that I DO have the capacity to love another dog like I loved Thor (just in a slightly different way)... NOTHING will ever replace my best buddy and it wouldn't be fair to any new dog to try to make him/her fit Thor's personality and rituals... but, someday we will probably go there for a new friend... it's a slight improvement that I can type this without bawling my eyes out... healing takes time and I'm VERY grateful to all my friends on the board here for all your warm, heartfelt wishes... it helps a lot... you guys (and gals) Jingle Bell ROCK!
__________________ George Broderick, Jr.
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